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Pro-Equality Protesters Disrupt Indiana Senate During Vote to Ban Same-Sex Marriage and Civil Unions


Protesters from Jesus Metropolitan Community Church, a congregation of 400 located on the northeast side of Indianapolis, held signs reading "Would Jesus Discriminate?" and conducted a loud protest atthe Indiana Statehouse today as the Senate took a preliminary vote approving an amendment that would ban same-sex marriage and civil unions in the state.

The vote came after an attempt to strike civil unions the anti-gay legislation.

WIBC reports:

For the second time in six days, senators have rejected civil unions as a potential middle ground in the gay-marriage debate. On a 36-11 party-line vote, the Senate shot down a proposal by Anderson Democrat Tim Lanane to delete a ban on civil unions from a proposed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. The Senate Judiciary Committee had rejected a similar attempt by Lanane last week.

A final vote could come as soon as tomorrow.

The Indianapolis Star reports:

Senators were starting to discuss amendments to a resolution that would add a ban on gay marriage to the state’s constitution when one man in the balcony began shouting and others joined him. Senate President Pro Tem David Long then ordered the balcony seating closed. As they filed out, the roughly 40 audience members yelled “jobs not hate” — a statement on what they think the Senate’s priorities should be.

WIBC adds: "State police cleared and locked the gallery, though protesters in the hallway could still be heard in the chamber for several minutes."

Watch raw news video of the protesters, AFTER THE JUMP...


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  1. The only positive thing about this legislative pogrom is that it is so obviously hate-filled and discriminatory that it will fail the test of constitutionality (equal protection) even in the Roberts/Scalia court. I think that a lot of us fear a "Dred Scott" decision for any same-sex litigation that reaches the current Supreme Court. I suspect that the evil and foul historical reputation of Robt. Taney (Chief Justice in that decision) may serve as a deterrent for a modern court making a similarly tainted decision (I sincerely hope).

    Posted by: RL | Mar 28, 2011 10:25:30 PM

  2. Every LGBT in Indiana and even owes it to themselves to make their voices heard on this outrageous issue. We should not be having our elected officials taking time to disable our *CIVIL UNIONS* for our relationships. There is a culture war between Conservative Christians and gays and Conservative Christians are now running for office in our nation for the sole purpose of furthering religious ideology and stripping rights away from gays. Gay people need to stop hiding in the closet, need to stop making flippant comments such as "my sexuality doesn't define me" (sorry- but for MANY people it does indeed define you. Enough so for politicians to state how unworthy you are as a person in statehouses and vote on it) ....get out there and rally, join a pro equality movement/orginization, and be proud of being who you are. We're been complacent enough...we should not be tolerant of being treated like dirt to walk over any longer. Not in 2011. Not in the United States.

    Posted by: Dynex | Mar 29, 2011 8:03:58 AM

  3. ...WHEN will LGBT Americans HAVE FULL EQUALITY? WHEN? 2015? 2020? 2030? This country sucks....its a BIG FAT LIE....Liberty & Justice for All are JUST WORDS...EMPTY MEANINGLESS Words...thyat make this country sound better - then it is ,in reality. In the menatime - AVOID ALL things Indiana

    Posted by: Disgusted Gay American | Mar 29, 2011 8:19:35 AM

  4. @ Dynex: I've long stated I felt the closet cases and gays who distance themselves from everything LGBT are at fault over our lack of equality, rights and respect. I have expectations of heterosexuals to have compassion and smarts regarding our equality but not nearly as much as I do of a gay person. All too often, I'll stumble across a gay person who has so much shame in being gay that they do everything within their power to conceal, hide or lie about it. Imagine every closet cases/shamed LGBT were to step out and be who they are and openly/honestly live their lives. Imagine the impact they'd have on their families, friends, and communities who would see them as an example and make the gay rights issue hit far close to home. I blame every gay rights defeat on closeted gay people who don't have the foresight or strength to stand up for what is right. And that's being themselves and changing minds by doing so.

    Posted by: IonMusic | Mar 29, 2011 8:20:14 AM

  5. Hmm, what would jesus do? I know three guys named jesus, they are all nelly bottoms, and probably could not point to Indiana on a map.

    Posted by: contragenic | Mar 29, 2011 10:17:25 AM

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